RARA-AVIS: CFP: Raymond Chandler (8/25 & 10/1; collection)

From: Michael Sharp ( msharp@binghamton.edu)
Date: 19 Jul 2000

Hi everyone,

I'm posting a call for papers inviting contributions to a volume of essays on Chandler and his impact/influence over the past half century -- just in case there are any academically-inclined folks on the list. I'm co-editing it w/ a colleague of mine from McGill U. in Montreal. --MDS

>From: "Miranda Hickman" < mhickm1@po-box.mcgill.ca>
>To: < cfp@dept.english.upenn.edu>
>Subject: CFP: Raymond Chandler (8/25 & 10/1; collection)
>Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 10:01:19 -0500
>Sender: owner-cfp@dept.english.upenn.edu
>"Neither Tarnished Nor Afraid": Raymond Chandler and the Chandleresque
>Events of the past few years attest to a significant revival of interest in
>Raymond Chandler: The Library of America has published Chandler's complete
>works in two volumes; his letters have been re-issued; an enhanced print of
>Howard Hawks' "The Big Sleep" has been released; and Tom Hiney's new
>biography has appeared. Clearly, forty years after his death, Chandler's
>work exerts a powerful hold on our cultural imagination. This collection of
>essays traces Chandler's legacy in Western culture-and
>considers what our latter-day preoccupations with Chandler might reveal
>about the invisible desires of our culture.
>In more than two decades of fiction- and essay-writing, Chandler created a
>distinctively American literary aesthetic: a fatalistic romanticism that has
>marked indelibly what we associate with the tradition of the hard-boiled.
>He refined the prose of pulp predecessors like Dashiell Hammett,
>foregrounding the interiority of his detective and creating a world that,
>while fundamentally fallen, is partially (and crucially) redeemed by the
>possibility of a lone hero, "neither tarnished nor afraid," who can traverse
>it with honor. In part, Chandler's appeal arose from his ability to
>negotiate skillfully between highbrow and pulp registers, which in turn
>stemmed from a typically American defiance of the divide between the two.
>Aimed at a broad academic audience, this collection explores how and why
>Chandler's aesthetic force has persisted in Western culture. Of what does
>that force consist, and what has it achieved? In what forms has it
>survived, and what accounts for its survival? Accordingly, we seek essays
>that consider the formation and/or the transmission of the Chandleresque:
>how Chandler developed his signature style, and then how the "Chandleresque"
>came to be appropriated, transmuted, and disseminated.
>Although the study of detective fiction is a growing field, it remains
>largely cordoned off from other fields of inquiry, as well as ripe for
>further theorization. By examining how Chandler's achievements inflected
>the work of later writers, artists and film directors, our collection seeks
>to draw the field out of isolation; to consider its history and development;
>and to address its place within the larger field of cultural production.
>We currently have commitments from six scholars. Ultimately, through
>attention to a variety of genres and media, the essays in this collection
>will define the semantic range and impact of the Chandleresque. Please
>send essays of approximately 6000 words or 25 pages by October 1, 2000 to
>one of the addresses below. If you plan to contribute, please send an
>e-mail message by August 25, 2000, indicating your interest and describing
>your project in brief.
>Prof. Miranda B. Hickman
>Department of English
>853 Sherbrooke Street West
>Montreal, Quebec H3A 2T6 Canada
> mhickm1@po-box.mcgill.ca
>Prof. Michael Sharp
>Department of English
>State University of New York
>Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 U. S. A.
> msharp@binghamton.edu
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